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video: Patriots Defense Can’t Stop Kansas City, Pats Fall 42-27

Friday, September 08, 2017

 

Dont'a Hightower left the game with an injury

The New England Patriots defense gave up over 530 yards of offense as the Patriots fell 42-27 in the season opener at Gillette Stadium on Thursday night. 

The Patriots start the season 0-1 for the first time since 2014 when they lost the season opener in Miami.

They went on to win the Super Bowl later that season. 

Chiefs Take Control 

The Patriots held a 27-21 lead following a Stephen Gostkowski field goal with nine seconds left in the third quarter. 

Kansas City would then score 14 straight points in the fourth to grab control of the game. 

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith connected with Kareem Hunt on a 78-yard touchdown pass to give the Chiefs a 28-27 lead following an extra point by kicker Cairo Santos. 

Kansas City would add to the lead when Hunt would take a handoff from Smith four yards to the end zone to put the Chiefs up 35-27 following a Santos extra point. 

Kansas City's Charcandrick West would put the game on ice with four minutes left in the fourth quarter with a 21-yard touchdown run to put Kansas City up 42-27 after a Santos extra point. 

Smith threw for four touchdowns and 368 yards. 

Patriots Miss Chance to Take Control 

The Patriots missed an opportunity to take control of the game in the first quarter.

Gillislee scored his first touchdown of the game to put the Patriots up 7-0. 

On the next defensive possession, the Patriots forced Hunt to fumble and managed to recover it to take over possession deep in Kansas City territory. 

Tom Brady found Rob Gronkowski in the end zone for a touchdown, but upon review, it was called back as the ball hit the ground.

Three plays later, the Patriots went for it on fourth and one, but Gillislee was stopped short of the first down, giving the Chiefs the ball back only down seven. 

Gillislee would be stopped on another fourth and one in the third quarter. 

Brady went 16 of 36 for 270 yards in the game. 

Injuries Pile Up 

The Patriots suffered two more injuries in the game in the form of linebacker Dont'a Hightower and wide receiver Danny Amendola. 

Hightower left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury and did not return. He remained on the sideline with a heating pack on his leg. 

Amendola left the game late in the third quarter with a head injury. He was ruled out of the game early in the fourth quarter. 

Prior to the game, the Patriots announced that wide reciever Malcolm Mitchell was placed on injured reserve. 

Next up 

The Patriots return to action on Sunday, September 17 when they visit the New Orleans Saints. 

Kick off is set for 1 p.m. 

 

Related Slideshow: The New England Patriots - Greatest Team Ever

The New England Patriots have won their fourth Super Bowl in the Brady/Belichick Era by defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona. With that win, the Patriots have now put themselves in the conversation as being the greatest team ever in NFL history. 

Here are ten reasons why they are in fact the greatest team!

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 Free Agency/Salary Cap Era Dominance 

Since the beginning of the free agency and salary cap era in 1993, no coach and team has been more well-known for shrewd moves to stay under the salary cap and bringing in free agents to supplement the talent on his team, and win at the same time, as the New England Patriots. 

In 2001, coach Belichick brought in free agents David Patten, Larry Izzo, Mike Vrabel, Antowain Smith, Bryan Cox and Roman Phifer. The Patriots won their first Super Bowl. 

Belichick continued to bring in major free agents for the Patriots’ other Super Bowl runs. Whether it was Roosevelt Colvin and Rodney Harrison in 2003 or trading for Corey Dillon in 2004. 

Belichick has also not been afraid to let star players walk. This includes allowing Ty Law to leave in 2005, Willie McGinest and Adam Vinatieri to leave and trading Deion Branch in 2006 or letting Asante Samuel leave in 2008.

Belichick has also not been afraid to pull the trigger on major trades just prior to the season starting. Trading players like Lawyer Milloy, Richard Seymour and Logan Mankins less than a month before the start of those respective seasons. 

Despite all of these moves, the Patriots have continued to win year in and year out. 

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12 Straight Seasons of atLeast 10 Wins or More

The New England Patriots have had at least 10 wins in a season for 12 straight seasons. The last time the Patriots didn't have at least 10 wins in a season was in 2002 when they went 9-7 the year after winning a Super Bowl. 

In this stretch, New England has won 16 games once, 12 games four times, 14 games three times, 13 and 11 games once and ten games two times. 

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As the game changes, Patriots still win. 

When the Patriots started this incredible run in 2001, the game was much different then it is today. 

The running game was still emphasized and defense's were allowed to be much more physical then they are in the game today. 

Today's game features rules that are structured to help the offense score more points and teams, including the Patriots, have had to change the way they play defense and the way they hit, due to the emphasis on concussion prevention. 

Through all the rule changes that the league has undergone, the Patriots have still won, year in and year out. 

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14 Consecutive Winning Seasons

In Bill Belichick's first season in New England, 2000, the Patriots went 5-11 and missed the playoffs for the second straight season. Since then, the Patriots have not had a losing season, not even a .500 season, 14 straight winning seasons. 

Looking at all the seasons, one of the most impressive seasons still remains the 2008 season. Tom Brady got hurt in the first game and was out for the season and Matt Cassell stepped in to replace him. 

The Patriots went 11-5 that year but missed the playoffs due to a tie breaker that they lost. 

That particular season has to be one of Bill Belichicks greatest jobs in his time here. Nobody saw the Patriots going 11-5 that season after Brady went down. 

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9 Conference Championship Appearances 

In the Brady/ Belichick era, the Patriots have been to nine AFC Championship games and have won six of them. 

New England is currently in a stretch in which they have gone to four straight championship games, three of which were held at Gillette Stadium. 

To put this in perspective, Peyton Manning has lost in the first round nine times in his career and the New York Jets have only ever been to four Conference Championship games in franchise history since the AFL - NFL merger. 

To be a final four team in nine of 14 seasons is pretty impressive for the New England Patriots, or for that matter, any other team. 

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12 Division Titles- 6 Straight

The New England Patriots have now won 12 AFC East titles in 14 years and are currently in the middle of a stretch in which they have won six straight. 

With the rest of the AFC East still a disaster, one has to believe that the Pats will be adding a few more titles before the Belichick-Brady era is over. 

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6 Conference Championships

The Patriots have been the best team in the AFC six times in the 14 year run of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. 

Of the six games the Patriots won, they were favored in four of them and four of the six games were played at Gillette Stadium. 

The six conference Championship wins are as follows:

  • 2001- At Pittsburgh - Pats win 24-17
  • 2003- vs Colts - Pats Win 24-14 
  • 2004- At Pittsburgh - Pats Win 41-27
  • 2007- vs San Diego - Pats Win 21-12
  • 2011- vs Baltimore - Pats Win 23-20
  • 2015- vs Colts - Pats Win 45-7 

Photo courtesy of Au Kirk, Flickr

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4 Rings- 6 Appearances

In the Patriots six appearences in the Super Bowl, they have come out of it with four championships, including a stretch of three in four years. 

The Patriots Super Bowl Wins are as follows: 

  • 2001 vs St. Louis Rams - Pats Win 20-17 
  • 2003 vs Carolina - Pats Win 32-29
  • 2004 vs Philidelphia - Pats Win 24-21
  • 2015 vs Seattle - Pats Win 28-24

 

 

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Tom Brady- Greatest QB Ever?

Tom Brady now has four Super Bowl rings in his career tying his boyhood idol Joe Montana and is 4-2 in the Super Bowl with three Super Bowl MVP's. 

Brady is the all-time leader in playoff passing yards with over 7,000 yards through the air and is the all -time leader in playoff wins with 21. Brady is 21-8 in the playoffs all-time. 

Brady also has the most touchdown passes in Super Bowl history with 13 (Montana had 11)  and has the most touchdown passes in playoff history with 53. 

Brady is in the top five in career passing yards with over 53,000 and has a good chance to be in the top three by the time his career is over. 

Tom Brady has 45 career game winning drives, which is tied for fourth all-time, and Brady is also fourth with 35 come from behind wins, 9 of which came in the playoffs. 

The New England Patriots are the greatest team of all-time because they have the greatest quarterback of all time, Tom Brady. 

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Bill Belichick- Greatest Coach Ever

The number one reason why the New England Patriots (2001-14) are the greatest team of all time is because they have the greatest coach of all time,  Bill Belichick. 

Belichick now has four Super Bowl Rings which ties him for the most all-time with Chuck Noll, who did it with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1969-91. However, Belichick gets the edge because he has done it in the salary cap/free agency era,  where his teams have undergone significant changes on a year to year basis. 

Despite the various roster changes from year to year, Belichick has still won and is by far the most dominant coach of this era. 

Bill Belichick has 22 playoff wins which is already more than any other coach in the history of the league and is 103 games over the .500 mark (212-109) in his coaching career. 

Bill Belichick, the greatest coach of the greatest team of all time. 

 
 

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